Oh. My. God.
Carl Paladino is the Republican Nominee for Governor of New York.
Wow. I envisioned a much closer race. Just like everyone else in the State.
I mean Lazio is a weak candidate, but these numbers…um. Well. Color me crazy, but after tonight I’m actually imagining the possibility of Republicans winning this race in November. Crazy. Crazy could prevail. Cuomo has a long few weeks of crazy ahead…I’m sure Mr. Paladino will bring it. And then some.
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad (Crazy) World .
At least for the NY State Republican Party.
Whod’a thunk it?
As he entered the race in April, he was universally considered a long shot. He was a one-time Democrat who had never before run for public office, was little known outside his Western New York base, and had a penchant for making outrageous statements.
The victory for Mr. Paladino may also unnerve centrist Republican candidates around the country who are running in states with far less liberal views than New York.
Carl Paladino — a millionaire developer who has acknowledged forwarding racist and sexist emails, who has proposed turning empty prisons into dormitory space for welfare recipients, and whose state party didn’t even want him on the ballot — has won the Republican gubernatorial nomination in New York.
Paladino’s victory looks like more bad news for a weakening Republican party in New York – and good news for Democrats who now have a potent symbol to feed their preferred narrative that Republicans are too far out of the mainstream for most Americans.